Baby I Can Drive Your Car
Made In China
There’s a new option out there for New Yorkers looking to get around sans subway — at least, for those who actually have a driver’s license, and aren’t terrified to death of driving on the city’s streets.
Car sharing app car2go is now available in a portion of Brooklyn — its first NYC location since launching back in May 2010. The company started in Austin, and is now available in 30 markets worldwide.
Rise of the Machines
China is currently planning a feat so astonishing, it might even put Elon Musk’s hyperloop to shame. The country is hankering to build a railway that would connect China to the United States, the Washington Post reports. The “China-Russia-Canada-America” line would span 8,000 miles, according to an engineer at the Chinese Academy of Engineering — making it even longer than the daunting Trans-Siberian Railroad.
A report from WNYC’s New Tech City indicates that in addition to driving themselves, our cars may one day be able to have conversations, as well. New Tech City’s Manoush Zomorodi questioned Transportation Nation‘s Alex Goldmark in the clip below and Mr. Goldmark said the future is in machines using Near-Field Communication (NFC) to communicate via shortwave.
Mr. Goldmark’s description of life with machines chattering around us sounds great, on the surface:
Alley vs. Valley
The Brooklyn Tech Triangle already thinks it’s bigger and better than Manhattan, and now they’re getting a transportation upgrade to help them prove it.
The triangle–which includes Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO and the Brooklyn Navy Yard–is getting its very own dedicated bus route, according to a press release issued today by New York state senator Daniel Squadron.
Senator Squadron and MTA stakeholders will plan the new route, which is set to roll out in 2013. “Brooklyn’s tech industry is changing the face of New York — and now, we’ll have a bus route that will allow the booming Tech Triangle to continue to grow and innovate,” Senator Squadron stated in the release.
And here we thought most startup kids were fiercely loyal to the ice cream-wielding Uber team.
The trendy car service went into a soft launch last night, picking up TechCrunch writer Erick Schonfeld for a 20 block ride and a $15 fare.
Yup, you read that right.